If you are a sports lover and you never miss a chance of watching your favorite sports then you are on the safe side. Yes, because according to a new study led by Researchers from Royal West Academy in Canada found that experiencing the joy of a victory or the heartbreak of a defeat can put your cardiovascular system through the wringer.
It has been found that the heart rates of people watching the match on television go up by 75 percent during the heat of the moment while those that experience it in person feel a whopping 110 percent increase.
They have also made it clear that patients who have ill heart health about the potential dangers linked to watching sporting events they are invested in.
According to the study referred to the questionnaire as 'a method of calculating how invested a person is in the team'.
Researchers found that the heart rates of those who watched the game on television increased as much as they would be the participants to do a moderately difficult workout.
And those who witnessed it live experienced a heart rate increase similar to that which accompanies a vigorous workout.
'The study raises the potential that the emotional stress-induced response of viewing a hockey game can trigger adverse cardiovascular events on a population level,' researcher Dr Paul Khairy said.
Adding further he said,'Therefore, the results have important public health implications.'While many might think that the moment during the game which had the most intense effect on participants' heart rate was towards the end, the researchers found this was not the case.Rather, they discovered that fans' heart rates rose anytime there was a scoring opportunity, as well as during overtime.
'Our analysis of elements of the hockey game associated with peak heart rates supports the notion that it is not the outcome of the game that primarily determines the intensity of the emotional stress response but rather the excitement experienced with viewing high-stakes or high-intensity portions of the game' said Dr Khairy.
Previous research has proven that people with the coronary artery disease are more likely to experience cardiovascular complications while watching sporting events.
Researchers who worked on the report mentioned that this evidence should encourage doctors to warn high-risk patients about what could happen should they watch a game they are invested in.
'As outlined, watching an exciting hockey game might trigger a cardiovascular event in an individual at risk,' the study says.The report continues: 'The danger is particularly high in the area and at the dramatic moments such as overtime. At-risk patients should be warned about potential cardiovascular symptoms and should be instructed to seek medical attention promptly if symptoms develop.'